A FREE Taiwanese festival is coming to downtown Vancouver next month

Aug 3 2018, 7:05 pm

This summer, TAIWANfest makes its annual return to downtown Vancouver and continues their Dialogues with Asia series in a Fête with the Philippines.

From Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2018, visitors to the festival are invited to gather a glimpse of some of the overlooked and untold stores connecting Taiwan and the Philippines.

In actuality, Taiwan and the Philippines share a number of connections that are widely acknowledged, yet rarely discussed.

Many people from both countries share a great deal of similar DNA, as well as shared languages and cultural traditions between some indigenous peoples in both Taiwan and the Philippines.

TAIWANfest looks to showcase film, fashion, food, visual arts, crafts, music, performances, and even science in an effort to encourage learning and celebration of the two cultures, as well as discover endless stories and lessons.

This year, the festival will be kicked off with an opening concert at the newly-renovated Vancouver Art Gallery.

The concert features the music of Vancouver-based Juno nominee Warren Dean Flandez alongside the award-winning Auba Rukai Children’s Choir and the equally talented 13-year-0ld cellist Jamie Chan.


Auba Rukai Children’s Choir


Jamie Chan

Other highlights of the festival include:

  • Sundays in Taiwan: A display of Mario Subeldia, a talented artist leader of the Filipino community in Taiwan, and Taiwan’s first migrant artist. Subeldia gives the Taiwanese mainstream a new perspective on arts, fashion, and Filipino migrant workers around him.

Sundays in Taiwan with Mario Subeldia and AFACE

  • Let’s Savour Taiwan: A chance for attendees to discover the eco-friendly and sustainable agriculture of the country, as Yen-Chun Lu reveals the gems and tales hidden in Taiwan’s booming world of local, sustainable, and healthy farming.

Let’s Savour Taiwan

  • Formosa Kitchen: A master-class hosted by IPACI Champion and Best Cut 2016 master chef Yi-Chien Chen. Chen looks to wow with the rich tastes and bold flavours from the Let’s Savour Taiwan program.
  • Hope Talks: The premier platform at TAIWANfest for innovative and inspiring stories and ideas.
  • Cultural Maze: A virtual tour of the exhibitions at National Palace Museum, letting patrons walk through the mountains and grasslands of 18th century Taiwan and collections from the Qing Dynasty.
  • Uke’n Do It!: A pick-up musical workshop for guests to learn quick, fun, and easy to learn tunes on the ukelele. Experienced players and self-brought instruments are more than welcome to join the workshop ran by Juno nominee Ginalina.
  • Jump On Board – The Jeepney Experience: A chance to learn, see and experience the ‘Jeepney’, the ubiquitous form of public transportation found throughout the Philippines.

A Jeepney

  • Kids Zone: Arts and crafts that no one can keep their hands off of – no matter what the age.

As always, TAIWANfest is a free-to-attend event for all ages. The festival runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver from Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2018.

TAIWANfest 2018 

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

When: Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2018

Admission: Free of charge

Daily Hive is a proud Community Sponsor of this event

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